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Nintendo Download (NDSi/3DS/Wii) Thursday, July 12, 2012

by Rainier on July 12, 2012 @ 4:55 p.m. PDT

Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii, NDS, 3DS, and Wii U systems. Since 1983, when it launched the NES, Nintendo has sold more than 3.1 billion video games and more than 526 million hardware units globally, including the Wii, Wii U, NDS, 3DS, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, SNES, N64 and GameCube systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon.

Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions. To enjoy the 3D effect of Nintendo 3DS software, you must experience it from the system itself. . Use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under.

WiiWare

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (Konami/700 Points)

Jump into the action with classic and brand-new game modes like Tile Capture, Battle Royale, Freak Out and more that expand the challenge of Frogger's style of run-and-dodge gameplay. Customize your game experience through a variety of different skins, from the modern neon style of HYPER ARCADE to the 8-bit sprites from Frogger, Castlevania and even CONTRA! Throw down against friends or the CPU in up to 4 player matches to find out who's really the top frog!

Key Features:

  • Frogger the way you remember… and then some! Jump into the action with the classic run-and-dodge gameplay, or check out brand-new game modes like Tile Capture, Battle Royale and more!
  • Get into the groove! Enjoy an earcandy-filled soundtrack featuring old-school and all-new tracks.
  • Take a different world view. Choose between 4 unlockable skins, including classic 8-bit style, the futuristic looking HYPER look, or trick out your board with Konami exclusive brands like Castlevania and CONTRA!
  • Multiplayer madness. Compete in up to 4 player matches with friends or against the CPU!

No. of Players: up to 4 players

Nintendo DSiWare/3DS eShop

Johnny Kung Fu (UFO Interactive Games/$5.99/3DS/eShop)

Johnny Kung Fu is an old school action game that mixes the old with the new!

Johnny Kung Fu puts you into the Kung Fu garb of a seemingly everyday man Johnny. The local organized crime group Mr. Wang, led by the mysterious man known as Mr. Wang, seems to have a bone to pick with Johnny and has captured his girlfriend Paula. Knowing that an ambush awaits him, Johnny chases the kidnappers into one of Mr. Wang’s hideout towers regardless. Will Johnny be able to save Paula? Or will the Mr. Wang Gang prevail?

Features

  • Fast paced fighting action
  • Old-School pocket game action

No. of Players: 1 player

Kirby's Pinball Land (Nintendo/$3.99/3DS/eShop)

Discover worlds of pinball fun in the palm of your hand.

Choose your world and take aim. Kirby will be launched into the fast-paced dangers of uncharted worlds, but you can help him face his foes head on. It’s a pinball race to check out each new world’s surprise enemies and pitfalls. Flip Kirby in battles against lethal eyeballs, a shooting tree and mace-swinging maniacs. Play three different pinball games, each four screens tall, with tons of secret bonus levels.

No. of Players: 1 player

The Sword of Hope II (KEMCO/$2.99/3DS/eShop)

The future of Riccar is in the hands of Prince Theo and his friends.

The Sword of Hope II is a role-playing game that was originally released in 1996 for the hand-held Game Boy system.

Take on the role of young Prince Theo of Riccar and embark on a mission to find the truth behind a mystery that is threatening the kingdom. The key to solving the numerous puzzles and gimmicks is the use of commands like “look,” “open” and “hit.” You’ll encounter many places and items during the adventure, plus some friends waiting to lend a hand along the way.

No. of Players: 1 player

Big Time Rush "Windows Down" (Nintendo Video/3DS/eShop)

Nickelodeon's teen music phenomenon Big Time Rush makes its Nintendo Video debut this week with the 3D video for the band's latest single, "Windows Down." Conceived by Carlos Pena, this video, filmed in Maui showcases an action packed day in BTR’s life. A beautiful landscape and sneak peek at the adventures they get up to, makes this video unmissable!

Sweet Memories: Black Jack (CIRCLE Entertainment/$3.99/3DS/eShop)

Sweet Memories Blackjack is a card game that allows you to play blackjack with a number of different girls. These Japanese high school girls are both cute and sweet additions to the poker club you've created.

One day, an old neighbor name Kasumi enrolled at your school, after moving back to the city. Your parents are acquaintances, so she gained the approval of staying at your home during enrollment.

You have sweet childhood memories of the time spent with her. Simply face your friend, and the memories will return. The time you spend playing blackjack together, increases the connection between the two of you, and you will find out that she is the perfect match for you.

Game features:

  • In Normal mode, you can place higher coin wagers with different members of the poker club.
  • In Score mode, you beat your opponent by gaining a higher score.
  • At any time of the morning or midnight, you will learn more about Kasumi.
  • Completing special achievements unlocks gallery items.

No. of Players: 1 player

Candle Route (Teyon/$1.99/3DS/eShop)

Sparky has been entrusted to bring the light to the Crayon Castle before nightfall. The castle is so packed with candles that without your help he'll never make it in time!

Lead Sparky through over 100 colorful levels to collect matches and light candles. Use your stylus to select a target, and the little guy will move to it using the shortest route. Time is of the essence so there is a limited number of commands you can issue for each level! As you progress through the levels you will discover many secrets. Don’t be surprised to find bombs, puddles, treasures, or even dynamite!

Want to try something out of ordinary? Launch rockets filled with matches into space in a bonus mode.

This unique, beautiful game for causal gamers will light a fire in the heart of every puzzle fan!

Features

  • Over 100 colorful levels drawn with crayons
  • Standard mode, Space mode, and Bonus levels!
  • Varied obstacles like bombs, puddles, or a dynamite
  • Many ways to clear a stage!

No. of Players: 1 player

Ace Mathician (CIRCLE Entertainment/$1.99/3DS/eShop)

Ever wondered why you needed to learn math in school? The answer is simple; to change the world! And that's exactly what you get to do in this game!

You play as a cute Koala named Ace who loves fruit! Unfortunately a few delicious pieces of fruit are just out of reach and you need to change the positions of the platforms to get to the fruit!

You can change the positions of the platform by entering a math formula. There's no right or wrong answer, every formula the player can come up with will have an effect on the world! Suddenly math becomes as fun as drawing! There are many possible ways to finish a level... be creative! Later levels will feature enemies and traps keeping the game challenging. And while your at it, you can collect stars for a better score!

No. of Players: 1 player

Virtual Console

The King Of Fighters '96 (D4 Enterprise/900)

Originally released in 1996, this is the third installment in The King of Fighters game series. The series features an SNK all-star lineup, with characters from games like Fatal Fury, Ikari Warriors, Psycho Soldier and Art of Fighting competing with each other for the title of the world’s strongest fighter.

This installment adds some major systematic changes compared with previous titles. It features small, medium and big jumps, as well as forward and backward flip emergency escapes. It also adds the extra element of guarding in midair. Being able to review commands makes moves easier to execute, and projectiles have been toned down. This title got rid of the idea of projectile spamming as an effective approach, and it marked a major turning point in the series.

No. of Players: 2 players simultaneous


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